Duke-UNCP energize workforce development with internships


Duke EnergyDuke Energy Foundation has made $50,000 investment with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to promote workforce development by providing real-life work opportunities that prepare students and recent graduates for 21st century careers. 

The grant will allow UNCP to coordinate regional public-private partnerships to develop internship opportunities. The internships allow students to receive hands-on, relevant work experience that leads to permanent employment opportunities in their course of study. The internships also benefit employers and help the region’s economy. 

Dr. Cammie HuntDr. Cammie Hunt, associate vice chancellor for Engaged Outreach, initiated the grant application for UNCP. She thanked Duke Energy for a program that meets some of UNCP students’ most critical needs. 

“Many of our students must work to pay for college, and this program puts them in internships that help them financially while giving them meaningful work experience,” Dr. Hunt said. “We have many talented students who can contribute greatly to area businesses. We are grateful to Duke Energy for this important grant.” 

As part of its commitment to attract and retain businesses within its service area, Duke Energy provides funding to workforce development initiatives to help prepare the next generation for successful careers. These initiatives advance economic development and increase employment opportunities. 

The North Carolina Community

 Foundation has been enlisted to manage the grant program at six North Carolina public universities. Duke Energy’s total investment is $2 million at East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, NC State University, UNC Asheville, UNC Wilmington and UNC Pembroke.  

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Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities. Annually, the foundation funds more than $25 million in charitable grants, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development, and community impact. Duke Energy has long been committed to supporting the communities where its customers and employees live and work, and will continue to build on this legacy. 

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UNC Pembroke was founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School to educate the American Indians of Robeson County and to prepare teachers for the public schools. From 1939 to 1953, it was the only state-supported, four-year college for American Indians in the nation. Now one of the most diverse universities in the U.S., UNCP enrolls more than 6,250 students and offers 41 undergraduate majors and 17 master’s degree programs.